How to format your references using the Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications. For a complete guide how to prepare your manuscript refer to the journal's instructions to authors.

Using reference management software

Typically you don't format your citations and bibliography by hand. The easiest way is to use a reference manager:

PaperpileThe citation style is built in and you can choose it in Settings > Citation Style or Paperpile > Citation Style in Google Docs.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
Mendeley, Zotero, Papers, and othersThe style is either built in or you can download a CSL file that is supported by most references management programs.
BibTeXBibTeX syles are usually part of a LaTeX template. Check the instructions to authors if the publisher offers a LaTeX template for this journal.

Journal articles

Those examples are references to articles in scholarly journals and how they are supposed to appear in your bibliography.

Not all journals organize their published articles in volumes and issues, so these fields are optional. Some electronic journals do not provide a page range, but instead list an article identifier. In a case like this it's safe to use the article identifier instead of the page range.

A journal article with 1 author
Q. Wang, China should aim for a total cap on emissions, Nature. 512 (2014) 115.
A journal article with 2 authors
I. Singh, N. Rose, Biomarkers in psychiatry, Nature. 460 (2009) 202–207.
A journal article with 3 authors
S.N. Mlynarski, C.H. Schuster, J.P. Morken, Asymmetric synthesis from terminal alkenes by cascades of diboration and cross-coupling, Nature. 505 (2014) 386–390.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
T.S. Simonson, Y. Yang, C.D. Huff, H. Yun, G. Qin, D.J. Witherspoon, Z. Bai, F.R. Lorenzo, J. Xing, L.B. Jorde, J.T. Prchal, R. Ge, Genetic evidence for high-altitude adaptation in Tibet, Science. 329 (2010) 72–75.

Books and book chapters

Here are examples of references for authored and edited books as well as book chapters.

An authored book
A. Lacava, J. Bogucki, A. Bedrytski, M. de Detrich, B. Neil, Professional Scala, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2016.
An edited book
Y. Zhou, Empirical Analysis on Income Inequality of Chinese Residents, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
E.C. Batty, K. Jensen, P.S. Freemont, PML Nuclear Bodies and Other Trim-Defined Subcellular Compartments, in: G. Meroni (Ed.), TRIM/RBCC Proteins, Springer, New York, NY, 2012: pp. 39–58.

Web sites

Sometimes references to web sites should appear directly in the text rather than in the bibliography. Refer to the Instructions to authors for Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications.

Blog post
T. Hale, Fearful European Zoos To Cut Off Their Rhinos’ Horns After Paris Poaching Attack, IFLScience. (2017). (accessed October 30, 2018).


This example shows the general structure used for government reports, technical reports, and scientific reports. If you can't locate the report number then it might be better to cite the report as a book. For reports it is usually not individual people that are credited as authors, but a governmental department or agency like "U. S. Food and Drug Administration" or "National Cancer Institute".

Government report
Government Accountability Office, NASA Must Reconsider Operations Pricing Policy To Compensate for Cost Growth on the Space Transportation System, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1982.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
S. Lee, Data-driven computer vision for science and the humanities, Doctoral dissertation, Indiana University, 2016.

News paper articles

Unlike scholarly journals, news papers do not usually have a volume and issue number. Instead, the full date and page number is required for a correct reference.

New York Times article
G. Vecsey, A Stadium In Queens Is No Walk In the Park, New York Times. (2013) B12.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1,2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
AbbreviationBiochem. Biophys. Res. Commun.
ISSN (print)0006-291X
Cell Biology
Molecular Biology

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